April 2013

Secretary’s Report for APRIL 2013

Wolverhampton, Bilston & District TUC     www.wolvestuc.org.uk       info@wolvestuc.org.uk


Wolverhampton Bedroom Tax protest – up to 150 turned up or joined in on 30th March in a great first turnout. We had not called it as it had been announced online but we co-ordinated the rally, which got front-page coverage in Ex&Star. A dozen people spoke from the crowd, many for the first time showing the feeling of people against the government’s attack on the poorest in society. For the second time in a fortnight, protests took part in over towns. 

Wolverhampton Against the Bedroom Tax   www.facebook.com/groups/179125605570388

was set up as a result of the protest and 100 joined within a day – it is intended to you this group to make collective decisions about future activities.

Additionally, Wolverhampton council (unlike Walsall & Dudley councils) is making people pay 8.5% of Council Tax out of their benefits.


Personal appeal to the labour movement from Ricky Tomlinson:

Dear Brother/Sister,

I am writing to ask you to sign my Justice for the Shrewsbury 24 Pickets Downing Street e-petition http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/35394


Wolverhampton Palestine Solidarity Campaign PUBLIC MEETING

 – The Palestinian Political Prisoners

Friday 19th April 7.15pm refreshments; starts 7.30pm

St Andrews Church Hall, Avion Centre, Whitmore Reans, W’ton 


22nd Wolverhampton Workers’ Memorial Day

 Sunday 28th April 12.30pm Cenotaph, St Peter’s Square W’ton

speakers: Ivan Monkton UNITE NEC , Steve Witton UCATT, Warinder Juss GMB,  wreath laying ceremony


Wed 1st May 7pm@ Pegasus 19th annual May Day festival – taking bookings for free stalls. 

Speakers: Debbie Elson PCS, Adrian Turner UNISON, Surjit Singh Khalsa,IWA

Total cost reduced to £1,100 this year – donations from trade union branches needed to cover this – please raise at your branch, thank you. This has been a free community event for 19 years.  Help will be needed to set up on Tues 30th April 7-8pm @Pegasus.

We have 10,000 flyers and will be posting door-to-door so volunteers needed 07932 797139


TUC Chainmakers’ Saturday 8th June 2013, Bearmore Mound Playing Fields, Cradley Heath, B64 6DU


Action For Rail – our Trades Union Council helped organise 14 volunteers from RMT, UNITE, UNISON & ASLEF who from 6.30am in the snow at Wolverhampton Railway Station, gave out over 1,000 Action for Rail postcards from the TUC to send to MPs – a great response. Postcards are in the mailing, so please post off; it’s freepost. 

10 branches still to re-affiliate to our trades union council for 2013; a number of attempts have been made without response.  

UNITE branches still reporting delays due to re-structures.


Thanks to branches that have re-affiliated for 2013: 

ASLEF, Community 17000, Community (W’ton Craft), Community Hall Palm, Community (West Midlands), CWU (W’ton),  FBU, NUT, PCS(West Mercia),  UCATT, UCU University, UNISON Acute,  UNISON General, UNISON Police Staff, UNISON University, UNITE (Finance &Legal)


Hope Not Hate anti-Bnp local elections – closest leafleting is: Nuneaton

Sat. 13 April 10.45am Tesco Express, Croft Rd; owen@hopenothate.org.uk

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